The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill Wednesday that would mandate electrocution be used to carry out a death sentence if a lethal injection cannot be performed. The vote is the latest and boldest maneuver in a steady stream of state moves aimed at addressing the growing shortage of death-penalty drugs.
States across the country are running out of the drugs they have relied on for decades to carry out death sentences, as European manufacturers are making it increasingly difficult to procure such chemicals if their use is to be a lethal injection. The European Union strongly opposes capital punishment and has pressured companies that knowingly export drugs to the U.S. for executions. [...]
Last week a lawmaker in Wyoming proposed a return to the firing squad because it is "the cheapest [option] for the state." Missouri's Statehouse is also flirting with reintroducting firing squads, which a bill sponsor said was "no less humane than lethal injection." Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill tweeted in response, "Not my state's finest moment."
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2008—Wall Street's Wild, Wild Ride:
|Wall Street jitters continued at midday after the market opened with a 465-point dive, then began recovering most of that loss in the wake of an emergency rate cut by the feds from 4.25% to 3.5%--a cut deeper than any since 1984, according to U.S. News & World Report.
"The tepid reaction of investors to the surprise cut may be due to a sense that the Fed senses the economy is in worse shape than it originally thought," according to USA Today. Imagine that: years of happy talk, denial, deregulation and creating one’s own reality ultimately have consequences. Who’d have thought?
On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin joined us for his regular morning roundup featuring the McDonnell indictment, the continuing Chris Christie saga, and the most ridiculous ways pundits are thinking about them. For the second hour, we welcomed Sophia Yen and Ellen Shaffer of the Silver Ribbon Campaign to Trust Women, our co-hosts for the day, thanks to their winning bid in the latest round of Netroots Nation fundraising auctions! Today being the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, they took us on a tour of the hot spots, and broke through the "issue silo" walls, reminding us of why we all have a stake in this fight.